Apple Spice Loaves

Reminiscent of yesterday's blander spice cake, these fragrant loaves combine fibre-rich apples and iron-rich molasses for a hearty and nutritious winter treat.


Apple Spice Loaves



  • 3-4 apples, McIntosh or any other variety, enough to total 2 Cups grated
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 cup molasses
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 3 cups flour
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 tsp ground ginger
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground cloves
  • 1 tsp ground allspice
  • 1/4 tsp ground cardamom
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 3 eggs
  • 2/3 cup white sugar
  • 2/3 cup demerara brown sugar
  • 2/3 cup canola oil
  • ½ tsp almond extract
  • ½ tsp star anise extract (if available, or sub vanilla)

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*NOTE: The spice amounts listed here are negotiable. If you prefer a milder gingerbread, reduce the spices by half.

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  • STEP 1

    Preheat oven to 350°F.

    Shred the apples on the large holes of a box grater. Add the water and apples in a saucepan and heat through.

    Stir in molasses and baking soda; set aside to cool. 

  • STEP 2

    Sift flour, spices, and baking powder until well mixed. Beat eggs with mixer for 2 minutes.

    With mixer running beat in sugar, then drizzle in the oil and extracts. Stir in cooled molasses/apple mixture.

  • STEP 3

    Sift dry ingredients over wet in 3 batches and gently fold together.

    Generously spray mini loaf pans, muffin tins, round cake pans, or 9 X 13 glass pan.

    Bake 25-50 minutes depending on the pan you use. Begin checking at 20 minutes until a toothpick in the centre comes out clean.